Climate

Canadian Economy Can Handle Emission Plan, Flaherty Says
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Frank Pingue, Reuters

The Canadian economy will be able to handle any impact of the Conservative government's plan to cut emissions by 20 percent by 2020, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Thursday.

China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies.

Scientists Demand Changes to Film by Global Warming Skeptic
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press

A group of British climate scientists is demanding changes to a skeptical documentary about global warming, saying there are grave errors in the program billed as a response to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

EPA Accused of Flouting Supreme Court in Proposing New Pollution Standard
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government proposed a pollution standard for power plants Wednesday that critics said flouts the spirit of a Supreme Court ruling on clean air enforcement. The proposal would make it easier for utilities to expand plant operations or make other changes to produce more electricity without installing new pollution controls.

Schwarzenegger Warns of California Suit Against EPA
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it fails to act soon on a state bid to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

Dutch Consider Tough Biofuels Criteria
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

It's the new climate change dilemma: finding alternatives for oil and gas without doing more harm than good. In the rush to develop biofuels, forests are burned in Asia to clear land for palm oil, and swaths of the Amazon are stripped of diverse vegetation for soya and sugar plantations for ethanol.

EU Greens Say Monthly Commute by EU Lawmakers Responsible for 20,000 Tons of CO2
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The monthly commute by European Union lawmakers from Brussels to its other seat in Strasbourg produces over 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, nearly as much as the entire CO2 output of some small island nations, according to a study published Wednesday.

Leaked Canadian Government Plan Includes Promise To Cut Greenhouse Gases, Air Pollution
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Canada's Conservative government promises to ban inefficient light bulbs, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and dramatically reduce air pollution as part of a national environmental initiative according to a leaked document.

Fossil Arctic Animal Tracks Point to Climate Risks
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Fossils of a hippopotamus-like creature on an Arctic island show the climate was once like that of Florida, giving clues to risks from modern global warming, a scientist said.

Global Warming Imperils Himalayan Glaciers, Experts Say
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Global warming could wipe out large areas of glaciers in the Himalayas and surrounding highlands, threatening livelihoods across much of Asia, climate scientists said in Beijing on Monday.

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